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'An unprecedented miss': Here's what Wall Street is saying about Netflix's disappointing quarter

Business Insider | Jul 18, 2019, 08.06PM IST

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  • Netflix plummeted as much as 12% on Thursday after reporting its subscriber growth fell to 2.7 million during the second quarter. Analysts expected the streaming giant to add around 5 million subscribers.
  • In addition, the company's US paid-subscriber base shrunk by 130,000, badly missing already-conservative estimates of 309,240 domestic additions.
  • The company attributed the slowdown to its content slate adding fewer subscribers than it anticipated, and the recent price hikes for Netflix's monthly service.
  • Here's what Wall Street analysts are saying after Netflix's huge subscriber miss.
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Netflix saw $17 billion of its market value wiped out on Thursday after revealing it lost US subscribers last quarter for the first time since 2011.

The disappointing news was part of the streaming giant's second-quarter earnings report that came after the closing bell on Wednesday. In addition to the US decline, Netflix said it added 2.7 million global paid subscribers during the period, badly missing analyst estimates of 5 million.

"Our missed forecast was across all regions, but slightly more so in regions with price increases," Netflix said in an press release. "We don't believe competition was a factor since there wasn't a material change in the competitive landscape during Q2."

Netflix also said it struggled this quarter because its content slate drove less growth than the company anticipated. It's content offering included the third season of "Stranger Things," which accumulated over 40 million views according to the company.

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Netflix hopes to offset its slow subscriber growth from the second quarter by adding 7 million paid members in the third quarter. Outside of subscribers, earnings per share of $0.60 beat expectations of $0.56 and revenue grew to $4.92 billion, falling just short of the $4.93 billion target from Wall Street.

Analysts who cover the company published new research on Thursday in reaction to Netflix's subscriber miss. Some said the fall in net additions in the second quarter was normal, while others doubted Netflix's path to profitability.

Here's what Wall Street analysts are saying about Netflix's tough second quarter:

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